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Doctor Who: Series Ten Revisited-Knock Knock [Fanedit]

Knock Knock II

 

We’re a week late with this, but believe me, it was a doozy trying to make it work with what was left of the episode after using some of it for other entries in this series. The first version I had made use of several deleted scenes, but I realized some of the scenes cut off abruptly [in fact, the one I kept still does] and didn’t make for a very satisfactory finale, so a lot of what I didn’t like about Knock Knock had to be kept in to pad everything out, that includes, sadly, the fact everyone comes back to life at the end.

Other than the deleted scene I wound up keeping and the new pre titles sequence, there isn’t anything all too radical about this one I’m afraid, and I still haven’t been quite able to make it forty five minutes, so you’ll have to settle for it being ten minutes shorter

Next Friday we’ll be meeting a chap called Friday and the Empress of Mars

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Doctor Who Series Ten Revisited-Oxygen

Oxygen

I know what you’re thinking…”hang on a minute Zar, is’nt this episode five?”

In order of transmission, quite so, but this is fanediting and if I feel we ought to be moving up the steps on the ladder quicker, I don’t see the point in trying to slow us down.

Where does that leave ”Thin Ice” you may ask? Well, the honest heart of the matter is I did’nt see a hell of a lot wrong with that story…that, plus I kind of have a soft spot for it seeing as it was initially leaked out earlier than it was intended to air…not a particularly essential story, but one I was still incredibly excited to preview ahead of transmission time. Any time something comes from ”the future”, it makes being a fan as close to the reality of the television show they’re addicted to.

So warm memories of spending Saturday morning watching the ”leak”, the fact that it’s not a bad and rather pleasing little romp [once you get past the preachy SJW gunk], and wanting to get through the series quicker in a most unique manner got me thinking a bit about what to do with as minimal amount of ”Thin Ice” as possible, and I decided to use the final few minutes of it as the pre-titles teaser to this one, the result is a slightly longer than usual opener but I think it still works

As for the ”Knock, Knock” story arc…we see it advance just a little more here, as Bill finally moves in , and The Doctor gets to meet her gang of friends. We also get a little more of the mysterious creeking before we resume the rest of Jamie Matheson’s brilliant ”Oxygen” as normal, with one major omission at the end. In keeping with Jamie’s original script, The Doctor regains his eyesight and doesn’t go blind.

Is that it then? Have we ”seen” [or rather unseeen] the sightless Doc? Maybe…maybe not, depends on if a certain edit goes the way I want, but for now, I hear someone knocking twice at my door…might wait until next week before I answer.

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Doctor Who-Series Ten Revisited: Smile [Fanedit]

Smile

SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE AND EDIT FOLLOW:

Smile was a story badly in need of a mystery to go with the exploration…something that the pre-titles unfortunately eroded right from the outset by revealing what the problem was, what was behind it, and the fate of the colonists.

As Moffat once said about unsurprising reveals on the Earthshock DVD, ”if the story was called Robots of Death, it’s whodunnit status was completely compromised”…well, while the title may not give much away here, maybe you should try to make sure the first few minutes of the episode don’t do the same…so out it goes, the first of some rather minimal changes overall to the story.

Yes, I actually like this one despite the lack of a good strong hook for The Doctor and Bill as they build on their relationship and banter. It’s a very nice step-by-step guide to the wonders of The Doctor’s world and there’s your typical moment where a companion learns a harsh truth about where it is that humanity is going. The only other thing at fault with the story that I can’t fix admittedly is the I.T crowd ending.

As it stands, I like the episode so much that there’s not much to edit other than provide a much stronger opening for proceedings…which is supplied by using what was cut from my edit of ”The Pilot”…The Doctor inviting Bill on board the TARDIS. Simple as that.

From there, a few trims repurpose ”Smile”s original pre-titles footage [the parts with The Doctor and Bill anyway] into post-titles footage, and they’re soon on the planet exploring the colony and we build on the now newly instated mystery of what happened to everyone.

For the ending, it’s back to the story arc we begun in the edit of ”The Pilot” involving Bill’s future dwelling, and we learn the fate of one of the new residents…I don’t really know how much of ”Knock, Knock” I’ll be left with once the time comes to wrap this devil up, but we’ll see. Thankfully the footage here is minimal.

Don’t look for any fancy custom next times or end credits this time to reflect the changes…I really, really, can’t be arsed doing all that. I have no time. So we crash after the final scene into the executive producer credits at the very end.

Next week, the more radical changes resume…but I must ask a question made famous by a most animated talk show host of the nineties…are you getting enough OXYGEN?

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Doctor Who: Series Ten Revisited-The Pilot [Fanedit]

 

Pilot

And so we have arrived, in two weeks time, in another place, The Doctor WILL fall. What awaits us? More of Moffat’s risk-free resurrections? Will Pudding Brain Joe Public be left scratching their heads in the Timey Whimey wilderness?  Will Simm Simmer down? All this and more will be answered whether we like it or not.

In the meantime, now is as good as ever to start sorting out this particular series. Join me on a journey of rediscovery as I go back in time to try and make this series, weak in many aspects of storytelling and suspense, into something that will hopefully keep people coming back for more week after week.

Starting today, and updated weekly, will be Doctor Who Series Ten as I would have it. A series without unnecessary mystery box teasings, under utilized guest stars, new episodes for Michelle Gomez to chew scenery in, a series with maybe even a few twists and turns in established stories, some stories may even be out of transmission order. So many options as time is rewritten and scenes are re-edited.

 

The following details contain SPOILERS for the series and the edit:

 

 

 

As you’ll find when you open up the first episode…you may find it begins not at The Doctor’s study…but somewhere a lot more distant, both in time and space…on a planet of professional executioners…that’s right, we’re getting the Vault mystery out of the way right off the bat. This is all of the Missy scenes from ”Extremis” repurposed for ”The Pilot”, we cut to the credits just as Missy urges The Doctor to let her live, and from there we find a chap at the door..Bill’s door, as her friends are out house-hunting.

That’s right, the first few minutes of ”Knock Knock” a fun but immensely flawed entry in series ten, pops up in this one too, setting up the events of a future edit, and making a recurring guest star out of David Suchette’s Landlord character.

From there, we cut back to Bill attending The Doctor’s lectures, we don’t need her being formerly introduced to him, all we need to learn is he’s her tutor and that’s it.

While she has selected a new house with her friends, it’s still going to take her a while to move, so don’t worry if you think she’s forgotten about her new digs.

After we pop over to Puddle Lane [god, whoever will get that reference?] after it locates The Pilot, we breifly go back to Doc and Missy before we check in on christmas with the crank and Bill, and from there the episode proceeds as normal until Bill arrives in a panic at the campus. Heather ripping off the Midnight monster and padding out screentime is cut and Bill makes a bee-line for The Doctor’s study.

From there, the only thing left to cut is the trip  to Australia, and then most of the episode is the same, save for the conclusion of the Extremis spots right after The Doctor gives the photos of River Song and Susan a stern telling off. We conclude our edit with footage borrowed from ”Lie of the Land” and then head into next time and the coming soon.

Stay tuned for next week as we put on a brave face and SMILE

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[I will eventually remake this edit along with the remainder with the DVD sources when they become available]